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group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
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A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
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Consumers peruse these pages for information
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I had often wanted to change that default image on Google Plus with all the posts that were being syndicated from Active Rain. Well, Today, our Mr. Craig Daniels has revealed the secret for making this all possible.
I had figured out how to take of those default images on Facebook, and now, Thanks to Craig, I know how to fix this little problem with Google Plus.
Stop by and let Craig Daniels know how much you appreciate this great tip for Google Plus today.
Once you create a new blog post, what is the next thing you should do?
Syndicate! Get the news out there to your feeds such as Facebook and
Google Plus (and twitter too if you are there!) I find myself often
jumping to blog posts to read that I just would not have found any other
Now welcome to Craig's Classroom, let me see if I can teach you
something new today!
When you post a link to google plus, it offers a "default thumbnail"
graphic as well as a snippet of article text which is approximately a
couple of sentences long. Have you noticed however, that the default
graphic is NOT the right choice for your post? It shows your avatar in
most cases. This is NOT the lead-in graphic that you want for your
specific post. The article is not about YOU!!
But don't worry, the solution is extremely easy and was hiding right
under your nose!
Once you have updated your thumbnail, the next thing you should do is
put a little extra bait on your hook (we are fishing for readers!).
Write a nice little introductory text to get people to want to click to
Now finally, one last thing as more incentive to you. The google plus
app on the smartphones was recently updated to a fantastic new
interface. It shows the article thumbnails very large
(full screen width) and overlays the
intro text on top. Now what do you think this feed looks like if you DO
NOT change your thumbanails? Well -- have a look below what I'm seeing now.
And it is happening with pretty much ALL MY AR BUDDIES. :)
(so you aren't alone)
I'm hoping that after you guys read this, the tide will soon
(PS - Facebook thumbnails for your posts has the same principle to
apply - however Facebook and AR aren't playing well together at the
moment as far as thumbnails - see my related post
"Is Facebook Doing This to Your Posts?" for more information how to
work around it)
See you on google plus! I hope you learned something new today.
I'm doing my job if so!
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.